William Sherman

18 May 1750–28 December 1823 (Age 73)
Exeter, Kings, Rhode Island, British Colonial America

The Life of William

When William Sherman was born on 18 May 1750, in Exeter, Kings, Rhode Island, British Colonial America, his father, Ezekiel Sherman, was 28 and his mother, Margaret Knowles, was 24. He married Hannah Stevens about 1774, in Pawling, Dutchess, New York Colony, British Colonial America. They were the parents of at least 7 sons and 1 daughter. He lived in Canaan, Canaan, Columbia, New York, United States for about 20 years and New Lebanon, New Lebanon, Columbia, New York, United States in 1820. He died on 28 December 1823, in Lebanon, Madison, New York, United States, at the age of 73.

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Family Time Line

William Sherman
Hannah Stevens
Marriage: about 1774
Hannah Sherman
William Sherman
Benoni Sherman
George Sherman
Abner Sherman
Samuel Stevens Sherman
H. Knowles Sherman
Roger Stevens Sherman

Spouse and Children

about 1774
Pawling, Dutchess, New York Colony, British Colonial America


+3 More Children

Parents and Siblings





    Mary Sherman


    John Sherman


    Thomas Sherman


+1 More Child

World Events (7)

1763 · First Synagogue in America

Age 13

The first Jewish Synagogue in America was built in Newport, Rhode Island in 1763. It still stands today, making it the oldest synagogue in the United States.
1772 · The Gaspee Affair

Age 22

On June 9, 1772, colonists that are angry with the trade restrictions that Britain put them under, board the HMS Gaspee and set it ablaze. This was the first act of violence against the British on the North American continent.

Age 26

Thomas Jefferson's American Declaration of Independence endorsed by Congress. Colonies declare independence.

Name Meaning

1 English: occupational name for a sheepshearer or someone who used shears to trim the surface of finished cloth and remove excess nap, from Middle English shereman ‘shearer’.2 Americanized spelling of German Schuermann .3 Jewish (Ashkenazic): occupational name for a tailor, from Yiddish sher ‘scissors’ + man ‘man’.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • William Sherman, "United States Census, 1820"
  • William Sherman, "United States Census, 1810"
  • Willm Sherman, "United States Census, 1790"

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